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Ag Community Learns about Advances in Corn and Soybeans at WC

Pioneer Brings Top Agronomists from the Midwest

August 20, 2010

Jonah Johnson (right), a 2004 WC alumnus serving as an agronomist with Pioneer, explains the science behind the corn demonstration to Paul Pinkerton of Cedarville at Friday's agriculture field day at Wilmington College.

Jonah Johnson (right), a 2004 WC alumnus serving as an agronomist with Pioneer, explains the science behind the corn demonstration to Paul Pinkerton of Cedarville at Friday's agriculture field day at Wilmington College.

Freshmen agriculture students at Wilmington College can expect a cornfield to be their classroom when the fall semester starts Monday (Aug. 23).

More than 300 farmers and others in agribusiness converged at the College Farm Friday (Aug. 20) for an agronomy field day hosted at Wilmington College by Pioneer with a focus on research and advances in growing corn and soybeans.

Pioneer and the College’s Agriculture Department each planted research plots on site in which new varieties were introduced, as well as findings on such related areas as nitrogen rates, plants per acre and proximity of plants and rows.

“We’re in the business of education and we saw this (partnership with Pioneer) as an effective teaching tool,” said Monte Anderson, professor of agriculture. “It’s going to be a great freshman lab next week.”

Pioneer agronomist Jonah Johnson, a 2004 WC graduate, said advances are being made that can increase the yield and quality of corn and soybeans — and this event was designed to get the word out by actually showing farmers how the plants are affected under a variety of conditions.

Information sessions on various topics were held both in the fields and under several tents located throughout the cornfield.

Anderson said that, in order to accommodate the learning experience agriculture students, the field demonstration plots will remain intact through next week.